In extremely wet conditions, we ventured out to our summer ringing sites at Skylarks and The
Grange to prepare them for the year ahead. This job involves cutting back any plants that may
get in the way of nets. Mostly, we trim bramble and overhanging willow.
We were prevented from clearing all the rides because both sites were flooded, so we did our
best by wading in the water up to the tops of our wellies (and in one case, over our wellies).
It’s been a while since we visited the Grange, so it was as much a general recce to see how the
site has changed as it was a bramble bashing session. The reedbeds and rides remain in good
condition, and we hope will be a productive site for Reed Warblers this year.